1770s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1770s?
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What did protestors dump into Boston Harbor during an anti-tax "party" in 1773?
Tea
What country declared independence from Great Britain in 1776?
United States
Who was the primary author of that's country's Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Jefferson
Who was that country's leading general?
George Washington
What play did Johann Wolfgang von Goethe write about a man who
sold his soul to the devil?
Faust
What British sea captain "discovered" Hawaii but was killed
by the people who already lived there?
James Cook
What name did that captain give to the Hawaiian islands, in honor of an earl who
invented a way to eat bread and meat?
The Sandwich
Islands
What period of European history, lasting roughly from 1715-1789, was characterized
by increasing beliefs in rationality, science, liberty, and toleration?
The Enlightenment
What fur trapper established the first English settlement in Kentucky?
Daniel Boone
What historical book's first volume was published by Edward Gibbon?
The Decline and Fall of
the Roman Empire
What "Candide" author and free speech advocate died in Paris at the age of 83?
Voltaire
What city's opera house, "Teatro alla Scala", opened in 1778?
Milan
What Scottish inventor made major improvements to the steam engine?
James Watt
Who wrote "The Wealth of Nations", the foundational text of the science of economics?
Adam Smith
What city was home to the above, as well as many other luminaries such
as David Hume, Robert Burns, and James Hutton?
Edinburgh
What empire sealed an alliance with France by marrying princess
Marie Antoinette to the future Louis XVI?
Habsburg Empire /
Austria
Who was the ruler of that empire?
Maria Theresa
In what modern-day city did the Spanish found a religious mission dedicated to
St. Francis of Assisi?
San Francisco
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Level ∞
Jan 7, 2020
In case anyone is wondering, this is the furthest back we are able to go with our decade quizzes.
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Level 84
Jan 7, 2020
I don't know, I thought the 1460s would be kind of fun to do.
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Level 82
Jan 8, 2020
Of course, few events happened in the world before 1776 :p.
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Level 83
Jan 21, 2020
Make America centric again.
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Level 70
Mar 26, 2021
Of course.
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Level 76
Jan 12, 2020
I can't tell if the Quizmaster is joking or serious. Can someone emoji the neighbourhood for me?
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Level 51
Dec 19, 2020
No 1760s Decade Quiz, so he's probably serious. But a 560s quiz would be soooooooo fun!
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Level 75
Jan 7, 2020
"Faust" was probably moved here intentionally because the 1800s are overcrowded, but I at least want to mention that only a crude early version was written in the 1770s, and published a century afterwards; the book that one usually means by saying "Faust" is from 1808.
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Level 70
Mar 2, 2021
Yes, this ^. It was known as Urfaust but was not published. it was a work in progress. Ur- being a linguistic prefix meaning original or earliest.
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Level 74
Jan 7, 2020
Cook's voyages of discovery in the 1770s visited many more places than just Hawaii, yet 2 of these questions were on Hawaii. Just a bit surprised by this.
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Level 56
Dec 10, 2020
but Hawaii's in Murica. The other places aren't, so are much less important.
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Level 72
Jan 8, 2020
And I was so sure her name was Maria Theresia...
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Level 63
Dec 10, 2020
Indeed it was. You should at least accept that as a type-in.
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Level 73
Jan 8, 2020
Toleration is a funny word
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Level 70
Mar 14, 2020
"Age of Reason" or "Age of Enlightenment" should definitely be accepted for "The Enlightenment". Or maybe some other clue to what the format of the answer is.
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Level 64
Jun 29, 2020
Why so American? 8/18 questions really is a lot.
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Level 45
Oct 10, 2020
I did not find this quiz too America-centric. The decade was quite important in the history of a very relevant American country, and the question were mostly about events and persons that are quite well-known, even outside the USA.

By the way, I only count six questions about America. Hawaii is not in America, and was not part of an American country at the time :-)

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Level 66
Dec 10, 2020
Governing dynamics, gentlemen. Adam Smith was wrong.
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Level 66
Dec 10, 2020
Please add more Decade quizzes!!!
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Level 60
Dec 10, 2020
I'm not sure I'd agree with the quotation marks around the word discovered in regards to the one about James cook and Hawaii. Just because the Polynesians were there first doesn't change the fact that Europeans hadn't confirmed it's existence before him and that most of the world didn't know about it before then. There's a difference between one discovering something for themselves or others and then one discovering it for the whole world.
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Level 63
Dec 10, 2020
I see the logic, but then, I guess I could claim to discover for myself any place I haven't been previously. I think that, without a qualifier such as "discover for Europe" or "for the Old World", the verb "discover" should be reserved for the discoveries of mankind.
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Level 68
Dec 10, 2020
Who was the primary author of THAT country's Declaration of Independence?
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Level 70
Dec 10, 2020
Please accept Maria Theresa's German name "Theresia"
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Level 65
May 30, 2021
I second that. After all, Maria Theresia is the name that she actually used, not the anglicized version of it.